Herschel Park is a local nature reserve within Upton Park, a suburb of Slough, Berkshire, England. The nature reserve is owned and managed by Slough Borough Council. It is a Grade II listed park and nature reserve.
Geography and site
The reserve is 4.15 hectares (10.3 acres) in size. The parkland has two lakes, ponds and a Grade II listed park land. The larger lake features an island planted with mature trees. The park also features a set of mature specimen and ornamental trees.
The park has been in existence from at least 1843, when James Bedborough bought the land in the area and used it to built twenty-nine terraced houses and large villas that looked out over the park. It is believed that Sir Joseph Paxton laid out the original park grounds. The park when opened was called Upton Park.
In 1949 the park was sold to Slough Borough Council. In 1952 the council changed its name from Upton Park Pleasure Grounds to Herschel Park, after the astronomer Sir William Herschel. In 1962–63, Slough Corporation purchased a further 10 acres from Eton College, which by 1982 had become part of Herschel Park.
In 2000 the water in the lakes suddenly disappeared, and a group was set up called Friends of Herschel Park, who together with Slough Borough Council started to apply for funds to return the park to its original Victorian design. In January 2009 the park was granted £2.7 million of council and lottery funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In 2011 work was finished; the lakes were refilled with water, and the original paths were restored.
In 2013 the site was declared as a local nature reserve by Slough Borough Council.
- Comma butterfly
- Araneus diadematus
- Stag beetle
- Six-spot burnet
- Chorthippus parallelus
- Meadow brown
- Libellula depressa
- European green woodpecker
- Mandarin duck
- Canada goose
- Common blackbird
- Eurasian blue tit
- European robin
- Cetti's warbler
- Common kestrel
- Egyptian goose
- Great spotted woodpecker
- Song thrush
Amphibians & reptiles
- Fraxinus excelsior
- Cedrus deodara
- Aesculus hippocastanum
- Taxodium distichum
- Quercus robur
- Quercus ilex
- Lucombe oak
- Turkey oak
- Araucaria araucana
- Taxus baccata
- Ilex aquifolium
- Galanthus nivalis
- Papaver rhoeas
- Leucanthemum vulgare
- Lotus corniculatus
- Centaurea nigra
- Mentha aquatica
- Lychnis flos-cuculi
- Caltha palustris
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